Episode 88 ” Chris Thrift of Anglers Restaurant at Dolphins Resort”

January 13th, 2016

Our good friend Chris Thrift joins us in studio tonight. Having made his way around the Valley at a handful of restaurants, Chris has settled in quite comfortably with his new role as Chef at Anglers Restaurant at Dolphins Resort in Campbell River. We get to touch on the Campbell River food scene, local sustainability and Island food culture. We also touch on moving for work, and finding your niche. Chris is a fantastic chef who has found his anchor, his center in this new setting. And you know what they say about a Chef inspired...

He is leading the way in something very special, and it's great to be able to bear witness at this initial stage. We will be touching in with him periodically as he digs in to the Campbell River food scene and culture. We're looking forward to hearing about his new culinary adventures!
He is leading the way in something very special, and it's great to be able to bear witness at this initial stage. We will be touching in with him periodically as he digs in to the Campbell River food scene and culture. We're looking forward to hearing about his new culinary adventures!

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Episode 87: End of 2015 catch-up.

December 16th, 2015

Chef Jonathon Frazier and Darren Howlett sit down at the Edible Valley table to talk about, and bring you up to speed on the local food scene. After many weeks away, the duo return to catch up on whats been happening in all-things-food in this great Valley of ours. There's a little recap on what they've been up to together (the new business partnership) and their individual pursuits. Listen in and get caught up!

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Episode 86 “Catching up with Blayne Prowse”

November 23rd, 2015

With Chef Jonathan away at food shows Blayne steps in to catch up with Darren to talk about what is going on in his life.

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Episode 85 “Clever Crow”

October 24th, 2015

Today we check back in with wonder-couple Brian and Leah of Clever Crow and Clever Crow Farms. There have been many exciting developments with these two in their forays into the local food scene and local food culture; including buying a farm (!) and developing a commercial kitchen / retail shop (!!). Listen in as we get a chance to discuss the last two years with these two - their struggles, achievements and victories! Oh, and the debut of a new product that truly speaks to the Comox Valley's sensibilities...  

Don't forget to visit Clever Crow at the Farmer Market which has now moved inside to the Native Sons Hall.

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Episode 84 “New Beginnings at Prontissima Pasta”

September 28th, 2015

Role reversal; The return of old friends; and a major announcement on this episode of the Edible Valley! Our dear friend and co-creator of the show; Mr Blayne Prowse returns to the podcast, but this time he's back in the 'interviewer chair'. Who is he interviewing? Why it's us - Chef Jonathoan Frazier and Darren Howlett. Alongside us is our mutual friend and now business partner - Mrs. Sarah Walsh! That's right - Darren and Jon have bought into Sarah's Prontissima Pasta! The three partners discuss the details and the future of their endeavour in our 180 degree twist of an episode. Listen in for all of the exciting details!   

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Episode 83 “Jeff, Susan, Beaufort and Shake the Tree”

September 21st, 2015

Tonight we sit down with Susan and Jeff Vandermolen of Shake the Tree - a consultancy that grew out of their sale of their major contribution to the Comox Valley food culture: Beaufort Winery. Tonight they regale us with the tale of how they traded in their corporate day jobs to pursue a career in their favourite hobby - winemaking! We get to learn a little bit about the process, the history, and exactly what happens next, now that the winery has sold. And of course, it wouldn't have felt right if we didn't at least a couple of bottles of wine to sample during the course of the interview...

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Episode 82 “Summer sit down Edible Valley

August 10th, 2015


Chef Jonathan Frazier and Darren Howlett catch up on the local food scene today. These episodes where we check in on what's going on with us and the Valley in food have become some of our favourites. We touch on upcoming events, what's inspiring us, what's new in our local food culture, and where it's all heading. 

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Episode 81 ” Hazelmere Farm with Michelle Hua

August 3rd, 2015

Michelle Hua of Hazelmere farms stopped into the studio today, and what a treat it was! A staple of the Comox Valley Farmers Market, Hazelmere Farms' booth has been a highlight for years. Michelle, who has just returned to the Valley with her husband, was able to give us a wonderful history of the farm and talk about where it's headed as she and her hubby take a more active role in the farms' future. We wish them all the best!

Hazelmere Farm

3222 Grant Rd, Courtenay, BC

Phone: 250-336-2608

Email: huawongs@telus.net 

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Episode 80 “Ben-zion Eni and The Hub”

July 29th, 2015

In the studio today, Ben-zion Eni joined us to discuss his newest endeavour, the Hub Café in downtown Courtenay. Ben has stepped out of a 20 year career working with fresh produce and jumped into the service side of the food industry! We talked to him about the jump - the motivations, hesitations, and everything in between. But as we got to talking, the thing that struck us the most is his sense of community. It's obvious that it plays a significant role in his café. This great little spot has great food, a great atmosphere, a great location, and you just know it's going to succeed!   

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Episode 79 “Toni Dunne and Backyard Gardening”

July 20th, 2015

The beautiful Ms. Toni Dunne sits down with Chef Jon and Darren today to talk gardening. A self-taught garden hobbyist, Toni has developed as a semi-professional gardener over the years as she soaked in and absorbed every bit of information she could. With an eye on acidity and soil alchemy, Toni and friends have created lush, abundant gardens out of little backyard dirt patches. And like a modern day Johnny Appleseed, she plants a little every where she goes.

But taking it further than that, she discusses how to provide a modest secondary income from her garden, while still providing plenty for her and her family. It’s truly the new direction backyard farming is going, so just sit back and listen to this vanguard of modern hobby farming tell you her journey from amateur to thriving gardener.

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